Chapter to Host Recruitment Meeting Feb. 18 in Euless

The chapter will host a recruitment meeting for potential members to learn more about joining the Daughters of the Republic of  Texas, which is the oldest women’s patriotic organization in Texas. All are encouraged to attend this meeting:

Saturday, February 18, 2017

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Dr., Euless, Texas

Attendees will learn detailed information about eligibility requirements, documentation of lineage, and how to work with a chapter registrar to become a member of DRT. For additional information about this workshop, contact texaslibrarylady@yahoo.com

Eligibility for membership in DRT:

  • Applicant must be a descendant of a colonist from Austin’s Old Three Hundred.
  • Ancestor provided service to the Colonies or to the Republic of Texas as an officer or private.
  • Ancestor established loyal residency prior to February 19, 1846.
  • Ancestor was a land grant recipient in the Republic of Texas.
  • Learn more about membership on the State DRT website.
Sept 2016 DRT induction Linda Nartz

Jana Patton, Linda Nartz, JL Rives

DRT is open to any woman who is at least 16 years of age who meets eligibility requirements. Once a woman joins a chapter, she participates in an induction ceremony, like new member Linda Nartz (above, center). She became a new chapter member in fall 2016.

 

New chapter year begins Sept. 21

The Isaac Low Chapter of the DRT will have its first meeting Wednesday,  Sept. 21 at the Euless Public Library, in the conference room near the entrance.  This is a new location for the chapter meetings and was necessary due to our chapter’s recent growth in membership. All meetings will be held at the library  unless stated otherwise. Meetings begin at 10 a.m. Meetings include chapter business and a program speaker. Guests are welcome and anyone interested in membership is encouraged to join us so we can help you get started with the application  process.

September 21, 2016

October 19, 2016

November 16, 2016

December Christmas party – TBA

January 18, 2017

February informational and recruitment meeting – TBA

March 15, 2017

April 19, 2017

May 31, 2017

Chapter begins new year on a high note

The Isaac Low Chapter will have its first meeting September 21, and they will begin the new year still excited at how the last year ended, with a successful state convention full of awards and recognition. The convention was held at the Hotel Intercontinental in Addison and drew chapters from across the Lone Star State.

“We made a major impression at the state convention with our successful sales table and the awards we received at the luncheon and dinner. We were the little chapter with the big presence,” Betsy Smith, president, said after the event.

Chapter President Betsy Smith (left) receives the prestigious Six Star Award for the chapter.

Chapter President Betsy Smith (left) receives the prestigious Six Star Award for the chapter.

President Betsy Smith accepted the chapter’s first-ever Six Star Award. The Six Star Chapter Award was established in 2001 and is presented to those chapters that meet criteria in the six areas of achievement, attendance, membership, President General’s Project, Texas history, and volunteer hours. Betsy Smith also received a 25-year membership pin. These awards were presented at a special luncheon.

At the awards dinner, the chapter won two more awards. One award went to Ramona Miller, Outstanding 7th Grade History Teacher. Miller’s entry was sponsored by the chapter. Judy Everett Ramos received Mamie Wynne Cox Historical Research Award for an article on early Texas history.

The chapter also had a successful sales table, selling chapter pins, gifts, and collectibles. The year ended on a high note and set the stage for an exciting fall meeting.

Visit the chapter photo gallery to see more photos from the 2016 DRT state convention.

 

Chapter members attend District II workshop

Isaac Low members at the 2016 workshop.

Isaac Low members at the 2016 workshop.

Members of the Isaac Low Chapter attended the DRT District II Workshop, which was held August 5 and 6 in Arlington. Friday’s events included a welcome dinner, but the main event was the Saturday workshop. The workshop consists of several business meetings and training sessions on various topics helpful to chapters.

One of the traditions is for chapters to have vendor tables to earn extra funds. Isaac Low had a vendor table and sold chapter pins and other memorabilia.

There are 11 DRT chapters in District II that are located in the greater north Texas area. Visit the District II website for more information. Visit the state DRT website for more information on the state organization.

Chapter donates books to local library

Chapter President Betsy Smith presented Sherry Knight, library administrator, two books about early Texas history for the Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library on April 13, 2016. The books are “Another Year Finds Me in Texas: The Civil War Diary of Lucy Pier Stevens” and “The Raven:  A Biography of Sam Houston.” The donation is one of several activities the Isaac Low Chapter performs in order to preserve Texas history and provide learning opportunities for local readers.

Sherry Knight (left) and Betsy Smith with the donated books at the Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library.

Sherry Knight (left) and Betsy Smith with the donated books at the Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library.

DRT chapter hosts information workshop

The Isaac Low Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will host an informational workshop Feb. 20 so prospective members can learn about eligibility requirements. This workshop will also explain the membership application process to prospective members. Contact J.L. Rives, jlrives14@yahoo.com for other details on this workshop.

DRT Information Workshop

Sat., Feb. 20, 2016

10 a.m.-Noon

Hurst Public Library

901 Precinct Line Rd.

Hurst, Texas 76053

Library phone: (817) 788-7300

DRT Eligibility Requirements

Any woman having attained her 16th birthday is eligible for membership, provided she is personally acceptable to The DRT and is a lineal descendant of a man or woman who rendered loyal service for Texas prior to the consummation of the Annexation Agreement of the Republic of Texas with the United States of America on the nineteenth day of February, eighteen hundred forty-six (19 February 1846).

Proof submitted by an applicant shall include documentation on the applicant’s ancestor. Any date cited on the membership applications shall be documented. The applicant must furnish acceptable proof of her lineal descent from a man or woman who served in any of the following capacities:

  1. As a colonist with Austin’s Old Three Hundred, or any colonies authorized under the Spanish or Mexican governments before the Texas Revolution or those authorized by the Congress of the Republic of Texas.
  2. As an officer or private in the service of the Colonies or of the Republic of Texas.
  3. As a loyal resident, male or female, regardless of age, who established residence in Texas prior to the nineteenth day of February, eighteen hundred forty-six (19 February 1846). (“Loyal” shall be interpreted to mean that he or she had not been proved disloyal. A loyal resident, regardless of age, gave the service of residing in Texas and aiding in its settlement. “Service” shall be interpreted to mean “resident” or “military.”)
  4. As a recipient of a land grant authorized by the Provisional Government of the Republic of Texas. Those grants include “Toby Scrips;” head rights, first, second, third, and fourth class; preemption grants; land scrips; colony contracts; bounty certificates; and donation certificates.

For more information about DRT membership visit the state DRT website

 

January meeting change of venue

The January 2016 chapter meeting will not take place at Panera Bread. Contact Julie Makens at jemakens@verizon.net for details on this meeting.

November program on eyewitness account of Dawson Massacre

Sally Brandt Nov 2015

Sally Brandt gave a presentation at the November meeting on her ancestor, Edward T. Manton, who was soldier and who wrote an eyewitness account of the famous Dawson Massacre of 1842. Manton and other soldiers fought against the Mexican army, which was invading the area not far from San Antonio. Manton was taken prisoner and kept in Mexico for two years before being released in 1844.

October program on Thomas J. Rusk

Beth Gathings gave a presentation on her ancestor, Thomas Jefferson Rusk, at the October meeting. Rusk wasBeth Gathings DRT presentation Oct 2015 a soldier, a statesman, and an early Texas pioneer. He was born in South Carolina in 1803 and died in 1857. Rusk County and the town of Rusk are named in his honor.

Chapter inducts new officers at October meeting

Oct 2015 DRT induction officers

The Isaac Low Chapter Daughters of the Republic of Texas held its regular monthly meeting at Panera Bread in Hurst. Officers (from left): Janna Patton, Julie Makens, Sally Brandt, Anita Thetford, Beth Gathings and Betsy Smith.